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MLK Celebration

Canisius College will hold its annual MLK Celebration on Wednesday, February 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter Student Center.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, CEO of TMJ Consulting.

Dr. Jabbaar-Gyambrah will discuss Passing the Baton: Lessons from MLK on Resilience for the NEXT Generation.

The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. started a revolution that has forever changed us. It wasn’t just a movement to unite people across the country regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexuality or religion but to change hearts and mindsets so that systems of inequality could be eradicated. He remained resilient in the face of opposition and forged ahead with hope for the community.

This keynote asks the simple question: what lessons can we learn from MLK that can be passed onto the NEXT generation of leaders?

The event is sponsored by the ALANA Student Center and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Please direct any questions or concerns to Bennie Williams at

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

“100 Years from Mississippi”

Writer, director, Buffalo native and Canisius alumus Tarabu Betserai Kirkland will present his award winning documentary film “100 Years From Mississippi in a special showing on February 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter Student Center.

The documentary shares the story of Tarabu’s mother, Mamie Lang Kirkland, who fled Ellisville, Mississippi in 1915 to escape an approaching lynch mob, moved to Buffalo and lived to be the city’s oldest citizen at 111. Mamie vowed she would never return to Mississippi, however 100 years after she fled, she was convinced to return to Ellisville to confront her childhood trauma and begin to heal.

“100 Years From Mississippi” is directed and produced by Tarabu Betsarai Kirkland and producer Gina Rugolo Judd. Executive producer and well-known TV and film actor Barry Shabaka Henley adds powerful poetic voice over narration along with masterful editing by Cassandra Chowdhury and an emotionally powerful score by Derek Nakamoto with songs by the incomparable Keb’Mo’.

This event is sponsored by the ALANA Student Center, the Afro American Society and the Diversity Committee of the Undergraduate Student Association. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bennie Williams at

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

CEEP 2023-24 Applications

Students can submit applications for the 2023-24 Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) awards beginning Monday, January 30 through Monday, February 27.

The Canisius Earning Excellence Program awards students with funding for intellectually demanding projects that create opportunities for applied learning outside the classroom. The work completed through this program is closely related to a career or scholarly field and directly related to faculty scholarship. By working alongside faculty on research-focused projects, students are able to achieve a high level of preparedness for maintaining professional working relationships and for continued studies at the graduate level.

Canisius College undergraduates in any major may apply for a CEEP award if they have a 3.2 or higher overall GPA and if they have a faculty or college administrator sponsor with an appropriate CEEP project. Please note: Students with an overall GPA below 3.2 may apply for a CEEP award but awards will only be granted if the student’s overall GPA is higher than 3.2 at the end of the spring semester and/or if their semester GPA was 3.4 or higher in the past two semesters.

CEEP students receive stipend payments deposited into their accounts with student records at the end of each semester. This allows students to receive federal work-study (if eligible) in addition to their CEEP project.

More information and current online applications (opening on Monday, January 30) are available on the Academic Affairs CEEP Information Page on the myCanisius portal. Students will also receive an email notification with details regarding the application process. Please note, current CEEP award recipients interested in continuing their project next year will need to fill out new applications for the 2023-24 award. Renewal is not automatic.

If you have any questions regarding the award and application process, contact Amy Beiter ( or Jenn Lodi-Smith (

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

Suicide Prevention Training

The Counseling Center is offering suicide prevention training for faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, Januar 25, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Old Main 303.

QPR, the “CPR” for suicide prevention, stands for Question the person about suicide, Persuade the person to get help and Refer the person to help. QPR is designed to increase one’s ability to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors and to refer the person who is at risk to a professional resource. To learn more about QPR, click here.

Those who have previously participated in this training are encouraged to take it again to refresh their skills.

Registration for QPR training is encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome. To register for this training or for more details, Email Sabrina Sosa at

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, Director, Counseling Center




Save The Date

Mark your calendars: The undergraduate admissions staff will be welcoming accepted students for the Canisius Class of 2027 to campus on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 23 for Accepted Students Day events!

We are excited for our prospective students to have the opportunity to connect with various departments on campus through these event experiences!  More details will be forthcoming.

Submitted by: Rachel Massaro, senior admissions counselor, Undergraduate Admissions